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THE GUIDE TERMS


ASSIST: when one player passes the ball to another and it leads directly to a goal without the scorer having to dodge a defender.


BODY CHECK: contact with an opponent from the front or side (but not a blind side check) — between the shoulders and waist — when the opponent has the ball or is within 3 yards of a loose ball. Not permitted at U11 and below levels


BOX: an area drawn in both ends of the field surrounding the crease area. Also called the goal area or defensive area.


CLEAR: Transitioning the ball from the defensive half to the offensive half


CREASE: a circle around the goal with a radius of 9 feet into which only defensive players may enter. DODGE: a move by the ball carrier to advance past a defender.


EXTRA MAN OFFENSE (EMO): a man advantage resulting from an opponent’s time-serving penalty. Also known as “man-up.”


FACEOFF: this technique is used to put the ball in play at the start of the game, each quarter, half, or after a goal is scored.


FEED: a pass to another offensive player in an attempt to create a scoring opportunity.


FLAG/DELAYED WHISTLE: when a team in possession is fouled, a flag is thrown but no whistle will sound to stop play until the fouled team loses possession.


INTERFERENCE: a player can’t interfere with the free movement of an opponent, except when they have the ball or both are within 3 yards of a ball in flight or a loose ball.


LOOSE BALL: a ball that is not in possession of a player is referred to as a loose ball. Players will attempt to gain possession by scooping the ball off the ground. This is a technique practiced by players and involves lowering the body and hands and using the stick like a shovel to pick up the ball. The act of gaining possession of a loose ball is called a ground ball. At the U11 and below levels players must play the ball when competing for ground balls. While incidental contact is allowed they cannot intentionally body check their opponent.


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